How to Miss the National Parks Less
This post features products from a small business called Sage Hollow Supply Co. They provided products in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own!
I love being home.
It’s the biggest reason why we knew we weren’t going to live on the road full-time. I love traveling, but I equally love coming home to the familiar and the comfortable. (And then going back out again!)
The only problem with being home? Home is not a national park.
We have been home from our trip for a full seven months now. We’ve easily adjusted back to roasted veggies and ice water, but we do miss our national parks. I’m sure we can’t be the only ones who do this.
Thankfully, we have come up with a few remedies for those days when we really just miss the national parks. Some of them are tried and true, and some are still on our list.
Physically print out your pictures.
I don’t know about you, but I think there’s something much more concrete about looking at a framed photo of your trip, rather than just see it on your screen. Embarrassingly enough, this is something we still haven’t done! Oh my goodness, we are behind the game. But we do have a project in the works that involves 59 white frames and a big open wall, so I will say that. We also are keen on Shutterfly (or similar) photo books to hold memories in a more compact way, so I am also working on compiling our year into photobook form. It was a long trip, guys!
Share your experience with others.
If you don’t have a blog, you probably have social media accounts. Actively reflecting on your experience in a national park — through pictures and words — can be a great way to solidify it in your mind and in your heart. If online sharing is not your thing, or even if it is, I’d definitely recommend journaling as well. You’re going to want to remember your time in the parks. Trust us on this one 🙂
Support companies who support the Parks.
This is a big fix for when you want a tangible reminder of the parks. Buying stuff that reminds you of the parks is a great way to serve yourself and support a great cause.
Enter companies like Sage Hollow Supply Co. We first stumbled across their products on Instagram and were instantly intrigued by the uniqueness of their products. Many companies out there do clothing, postcards, and books, but I think this was the first time we saw national park themed candles, perfumes, and colognes.
It was love at first smell. I don’t think I fully realized how much I missed the parks until I started using the scents every day. It is motivating me to get going on that gallery wall project, motivating me to (finally) get going on writing our book, and motivating me to keep at this blog thing. I know these triggers are not just in my head, either: there is a lot of science behind the connection between smell and memory.
But anyway. These candles are incredible: made with 100% natural soy wax. And they smell w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l! We received two: Sequoia, which includes scents of basil, sage, and mint and smells like a breath of fresh air; and Capitol Reef, which has hints of citrus, bringing us back to their famous in-park fruit orchards.
In addition to the candles, Sage Hollow Supply also sells solid perfumes and colognes — made with just shea butter, beeswax, jojoba oil and fragrance — named after specific park hot spots like El Capitan, Emerald Pools, Angel’s Landing, and Powell.
The best part, though, is that a portion of all sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation.
If scents are not your thing, there are so many great companies out there that support the parks and conservation in many ways. In fact, we worked with several of them — like FITS Socks, USAOpoly, Purple Moose Basics, and Happy People Hike — throughout our trip.
Start planning your next trip!
There will always be so much left to explore in our public lands. We are in the midst of planning our trip to the Great Lakes area — specifically, the Upper Peninsula — and it’s such a sure for missing the parks.
Now that we know there are national parks in our immediate future, everything is looking up.
It would be easy to sit and be sad that there aren’t many national parks nearby. But when we surround ourselves with reminders of these beautiful corners of the country — the images, the smells, and the memories — then waiting for our next adventure is a lot more manageable.